Out and About Each year we are out and about in Birmingham to inspire and be inspired by the peoples of the city as they help create and shape opera which speaks. When the pandemic first struck, we seized the opportunity of seismic change to experiment, to reach out in new ways, to fulfil the challenge and our mission. It is, as they say, part of our ‘#DnA’. In May 2021, we won the International Opera Award for Outreach and Education which sits alongside the FEDORA Prize for Education for Wagner's RhineGold. Thank you to all the freelance artists and participants who've taken part in our year-round “hybrid” programme online and face to face, liberating the archive, artist Q&As, supporters’ events, digital commissions and festivals, creative "Sofa" sessions, vocal training with emerging artists and volunteers and performances - from intimate pop-ups between lockdowns to one of the largest scale productions anywhere this Summer.Beyond Birmingham, many opera companies have staged versions from our archive with re-imagined orchestrations for smaller forces. Behind the scenes, we continue to share our learning with other companies and education partners and commission new Artistic Associates to develop projects for the coming year. Watch this space! Thank you for all your support this year, including those who have contributed financially through a regular donation, as part of our Going for Gold appeal, through a Facebook Fundraiser, Amazon Smile or through your own arts and craft fundraiser. We can't do this work without you! ***LATEST NEWS*** Wagner's RhineGold - We leave 2021 carrying in our hearts that which our founder Graham Vick, who passed away Summer 2021, has built with us over 30 years. We were deeply moved by the many heartfelt tributes from people, opera houses and festivals around the globe and by the love and tenacity of the artists, volunteers and company who came together to deliver their own tribute in RhineGold. Listed recently in The Times' pick of the year - ★★★★★ "A fantastic show imbued with the spirit of Graham Vick" - we captured the sold out event for the many who could not attend and this film version will be free to view in the new year. Future Plans - we’re cooking up the new initiatives and large-scale productions which will mark the next big steps on the Birmingham Opera Company journey for us all. In the New Year - we're planning a whole series of group singing sessions from early February, so there's plenty more singing to look forward to! Regulations permitting, they will be in person. We will issue more information in the week commencing 10th January. Watch this space! We look forward to seeing you all in 2022!